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Convair F-106B Delta Dart

By Htam

TAM_6728_AuroraHDR2018.jpg@ Edwards AFB, Rosamond, CA

March 2018

Right outside the West Gate of the fabled Edwards AFB is a display of aircraft called the Century Circle, aircraft that were tested here.  Beginning with the prototype flight in 1956, the F-106 has had a long history at Edwards.  In 1959 an F-106 set a world speed record of 1,525 mph here.  Last used in a drone program, this aircraft was acquired in 2003 and restored in the markings of the 329th Fighter Interceptor Squadron that had a detachment stationed at Edwards in the 1960’s.  The F-106B was a two-seat, combat-capable trainer.  Interestingly (for the aerodynamicists), due to the extra seat, the fuselage is actually better area ruled.  Nikon D500 w/18-200mm.

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